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Whatever it takes

January 9, 2014

By Cure Today Guest Blogger

Do whatever it takes to keep going.

And that includes ignoring guilt about not being the perfect parent and nasty looks from people who think such a creature exists. As a wife and mom living with cancer, I have started applying the whatever it takes theory to other areas of my life as well. While a "normal person" might say he/she has a lot on their plate, some of us have plates the size of a turkey platter. My day to day can be pretty heavy, so I give myself a pass on the little things like laundry to fold or dishes to wash.

Metastatic Disease Demanding More Attention

December 14, 2013

By Cure Magazine, Kathy LaTour

A number of the presentations at this year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium addressed metastatic breast cancer – when the disease has left the breast and moved to other parts of the body.

Living with breast cancer when there's no cure

December 7, 2013

By Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind.

Carol Weinbrom

October 28, 2013

By AACR Cancer Progress Report

I am in my 12th year of treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Although I have been in treatment constantly since my diagnosis, I have lived, and continue to live, a full and productive life. In 2012, I had my tumor genetically profiled. This empowered me. It enables me to search for clinical trials of new drugs that might keep me alive with minimal toxicity so that I can continue enjoying life.

Putting the realities of cancer into words Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/27/2836432/putting-the-realiti

October 27, 2013

By Idaho Statesman, Chad Estes

Four Idaho women share their stories — and the difficulties — of coping with metastatic breast cancer

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/27/2836432/putting-the-realities-of-cancer.html#storylink=cpy

It is the end of October, what some cancer patients refer to as Breast Cancer In Your Face Month. We’ve seen pink everywhere — including beer cans, T-shirts and NFL players’ sweat towels and socks.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/27/2836432/putting-the-realities-of-cancer.html#storylink=cpy

Survivor spirit: Summerlin mom makes most of life after Stage 4 breast cancer

October 4, 2013

By Jan Hogan , Las Vegas Review-Journal

Maura Bivens does not like December, not since 2007. December is when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.

Carrying on after losing partner to breast cancer

September 25, 2013

By Julie Deardorff, Tribune Newspapers

Losing a partner to breast cancer often leaves men struggling to navigate complex grief and single parenthood

During their marriage, Sam and Jenny Mitchell always shared the parenting duties. But they knew a time would come when Sam would manage their 7-year-old daughter on his own.

Just days before Jenny died of breast cancer in April, "She told me she knew I would raise Ranee well," Mitchell said.

Metastatic breast cancer - 'it's like getting all four tires flattened'

September 19, 2013

By Claudia Feldman, Houston Chronicle

Lori's complete story: Parts 1 and 2

Lori Sumako was your perfect, stage 1 breast cancer patient.

She followed all of her doctor's orders. She endured the surgery and chemotherapy without (too many) complaints. She and husband Rick Mitchell gave thanks for each year that she was cancer-free.

Fighting metastatic breast cancer one day, one week, one month at a time

August 23, 2013

By Houston chronicle Boomertown blog

Lori Sumako was your perfect, stage 1 breast cancer patient.

She followed all of her doctor’s orders. She endured the surgery and chemotherapy without (too many) complaints. She and husband Rick Mitchell gave thanks for each year that she was cancer-free.
Five years later, Sumako, a labor and delivery nurse, was told she was cured. A year after that, she started to believe it.

Courage and strength: Living with stage IV breast cancer

January 25, 2013

By Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun

In September 2012, I photographed a group of women diagnosed with terminal stage IV breast cancer. Kay, Gretchen, CJ, Cece and Sally, as well as other members of METAvivor Research and Support, often held informal gatherings. A non-profit organization, METAvivor provides support to patients, raises awareness, and awards annual research grants for stage IV breast cancer. Many of its members form close friendships in the process of sharing their struggles and triumphs.

As I photographed these women, I was struck by their energy, joyful demeanor and dedication in helping others with the same diagnosis. I wondered how these ladies live with the possibility of death so close at hand while at the same time not only managing the painful and debilitating effects of the disease and its treatment. What gives them the courage to carry on with such grace? Has their philosophy of life changed? Their view of death? Here are their answers.

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